Diaphorodoris papillata is a small to medium sized
colourful species of onchidorid. It was found on a species
of the red alga Polysiphonia, with several bryozoa
attached at the base. The bright crimson colour of the
papillae are striking and identification of this species in
the field is easy.
Rhinophores: White in colour, widely lamellate. Cerata: Absent. Gills: Unipinnate, white in colour and simple. Body: Flattish, dorid like, white in colour with a yellow
marginal band. Several large pointed tubercules are
present coloured a bright crimson. Foot: White in colour without appendages.
Size range: 7.5 - 9mm. Rare.
Specific characteristics: This species is easily identified
in the field, the crimson papillae are very ditinctive.